Sunday, March 3, 2013
Craig Marcus did not enjoy watching people die. The Driver, on the other hand,
enjoyed it very much. Marcus mused over this fact as he stared at the surrounding sea of cactus and sand that blistered in the Arizona sun, mesmerized by the dull thrum of the tires and the sameness of the landscape flowing past his window. His head bobbed, his chin dropped to his chest and his hand twitched, jostling the Coke can in the cup holder.
"How old is she?" the Driver asked.
Marcus’ head snapped up and his gut tightened. He looked at the man driving the
car, studied his cold gunmetal eyes and then noticed for the first time that he still wore a
“Hello My Name is Walter” sticker on the lapel of his matte black jacket, no doubt a
vestige of some social event to which he had driven Phillip Porter, and then Porter had
made him accompany him inside. "Thirty-one," Marcus said. The Driver did not respond,
but Marcus looked at him and watched his face as the corners of his mouth twitched
upward, not quite forming a smile. Marcus grimaced at the display.
"Nice," the Driver said.
Marcus opened his mouth in protest, a finger extended toward the Driver’s head.
“Look Walter,” he said, “you —“
Bradlee Frazer is an author, speaker, blogger and Boise, Idaho native who loves the blues, Ray Bradbury short stories and his wife, daughter and dogs. He is also the lawyer who successfully registered the color blue as a trademark for the iconic artificial turf in Boise State University’s football stadium.
Bradlee’s nonfiction has been published in national legal treatises on matters of Internet and intellectual property law, and he is a frequent speaker on those topics. His works of fiction include the short story “Occam’s Razor,” which was published in an online literary journal, and he has co-authored two screenplays, Dangerous Imagination and Spirit of the Lake. He has written scripts for sketch comedy, radio productions and short films, and in college Bradlee was a film critic who wrote and hosted a weekly half-hour television program called Premiere!. The Cure is his first novel.